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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Robin Hood

It has long been an established fact that Walt Disney’s animated classic films were not written by Disney studios. In my 35 year old life time I have seen 44 animated Disney classic titles come to the silver screen and heard they come from various origins of work. Such as Grimm’s Fairy tails,(Snow White) Hans Christian Anderson (The Little Mermaid) and Rudyard Kipling. (The Jungle Book) No title in their repertoire may be more obvious of this fact than this movie their 21st animated gem. Robin Hood and his band of merry men has seen many big and small screen formats including a little known TV Show created by Mel Brooks. Well this outing was no exception. The opening scene is a rightous example of such a n established decree. We see Little John and Robin Hood frolicing in a watering hole. The have obviously already met (unlike other adaptations) and been close friends for some time. Since such Disney motion pictures are made mostly for children with limited attention spans I am willing therefore to take this truism for granted. It gives the audience that chance to jump right in to the story line and no need to waste time on such mundane plot points such as introductions or even character development. I mean After all we established that it is Disney and therefore purloined why bother. Thus being said This one hour and twenty three minute adventure was cute. This bear and snake seem “borrowed” from Jungle Book. (their 19th picture) but what the hey. In this adaption Robin Hood must out fox a wolf in Sheriff’s clothing to bring money to the poor in th land of Nottingham. This was the first time this old story was brough to the big screen and perhaps the most enjoyavle. Granted it doesn’t have much to choose from the two most memorable options are a poorly written spoof starring an accent less Kevin Costner and the titular character and an even worse a “homage” to thus said spoof whose script was horribly penned we can hardly call it writing. (also from the desk top of Mel Brooks) In retrospect this film version wasn’t all that bad. Well guess what true believers it was not so hot either. I enjoyed it on a lonely Friday morning before a two job 12 hour work day. But that may be only in comparison to it previously viewed predecessors and in retrospect to the long day up coming. Grade C+

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A note from an editor!

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

There are a lot of spelling errors in this piece – make sure you proof read each sentence carefully.

I know I am getting back to you a little later I hoped, and I’m sorry about that! But if you have time tonight, please go through my suggestions and try to rework your piece. You can send me what you have tonight/tomorrow morning. Please bring a copy of it to the meeting tomorrow and we will discuss it further from there.

Once again, thanks for your hard work and promptness! Remember this is a learning process, and we are all part of the Waltonian team!

Talk to you soon!

Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm